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Sunday lunch that's well worth the wait; BarReview THE WHITE LION, HARLASTON, NEAR TAMWORTH.

Byline: TONY COLLINS

SUNDAY lunches seem to have been made for this welcoming pub.

Nestled in beautiful countryside between Lichfield and Tamworth, it has all the ingredients for an enjoyable meal-time experience.

The White Lion can trace its history back to the 18th century, in keeping with several of the small villages that dot this area of the Midlands.

But it was bought up by Punch Taverns five years ago, when present tenant Mark Houston was installed.

Not surprisingly, given the array of farms in the area, the food is refreshingly fresh, with no sign of frozen or ready-made fayre on the impressive, extensive menu.

The 'old world' rustic charm is enhanced by the wooden floorboards, tables and chairs, as well as the roaring fire in winter time.

Starters on the daily updated blackboard include the exotic sounding Game Pate and Deep Fried Whitebait, but we opted to go straight for the main courses.

Despite the menu boasting everything from Sea Bass to Partridge and Pheasant breasts, I chose Breaded Wholetail Scampi pounds 6.50), while my wife opted for the enticing Cajun Chicken Breast with Jack Daniels sauce (pounds 7.50).

Both were delicious, and more than worth the wait for them to be cooked fresh.

A separate, generously sized dish contained a range of vegetables to complement any meal.

It didn't seem possible to manage it, but after some persuasion we chose Lemon Meringue Pie and Vanilla Ice Cream for our desserts.

The Bill

Breaded Wholetail Scampi pounds 6.50 Cajun Chicken Breast with Jack Daniels sauce pounds 7.50.

Total with drinks: pounds 19.50

The Verdict

PLUS: Great, home-cooked food, charming setting

MINUS: Quite a wait for the meal, but well worth it

VERDICT:*****
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Date:Mar 30, 2006
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